Notes and Editorial Reviews
Only the most ideologically rigid period-instrument purist will dislike this gorgeous set of the complete Mozart quartets. One amusing typo: the early Quartet K. 80 is listed on the disc sleeve as K. 805, so if you see that please don’t make yourself crazy looking for the missing 200 or so Kochel numbers in between! Otherwise, the performances themselves are models of the kind of gracious musicality that never precludes the necessary expressive intensity. Everything is well-proportioned: tempos, balance among the players, dynamic range: this is great quartet playing. Individual music lovers will naturally have their favorite moments, but I found the “Prussian” Quartets especially impressive, as the Talich players never let the bottom-heavy
writing weigh down the texture. Although the box claims that these performances have been remastered from the original Calliope tapes, they always sounded very good—and they still do. A great set.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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